Earlier today, after goofing up my Peppermint Linux installation, I decided to try AntiX, a light-weight Debian distro. 

antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the “antiX Magic” in an environment suitable for old computers. So don’t throw away that old computer yet! The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd. 

At the moment antiX-12 comes as a full distro (c695MB), a base distro (c355MB) and a new core distro (c135MB) all for 486 (PI and K5/K6 AMD) and 686 kernels. For those who wish to have total control over the install, use antiX-core and build up.

Running it “LIVE” off my 1gig USB flash drive, I was amazed at how well it allowed me to run programs I just had to have.

Programs I installed:

sudo apt-get install  unetbootin secure-delete audacity lame libmp3lame0 openshot winff vlc  filezilla keepassx bleachbit simple-scan gimp libreoffice inkscape

sudo apt-get install shutter libgoo-canvas-perl p7zip ghostscript pdftk pdfchain w32codecs ttf-mscorefonts-installer flashplugin-installer

Compiling from Source Code? Install these….

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cdbs devscripts dh-make fakeroot libxml-parser-perl check avahi-daemon

as well as these favorites…

To turn off the laptop touchpad, I use synclient touchpadoff=1
where 1=off and 0=on

To modify Fluxbox menu,type leafpad ~/.fluxbox/menu at the command line and make edits to add your favorite items.

To modify how the time appears, I also modified the time-date setting editing the clock settings (right-click on the time in the bottom right corner) and typed in the following:

%a %d-%b-%Y %l:%M %p

And, it looks like this:

Follow these steps…

    1. sudo apt-get install hplip cups
    2. Create a script:
      sudo gedit /etc/network/if-up.d/cups
      Then, paste in this code:
      service  cups restart
      Then make that script executable:
      sudo chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/cups
      Then restart your computer (I’ve found this step unnecessary).
    3. Run the following configuration:
      sudo hp-setup -i

Finally, I also wanted to install a Apache-MariaDB-PHP server for running Moodle, Drupal, etc. That will be my next step.

In the meantime, it’s been fun exploring AntiX…very fast, quick and responsive distro:

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